We all have goals, but how many of us actually write them down? We write down grocery lists so we don’t forget anything, but when it comes to our deepest desires and dreams many of us banish those thoughts to the backs of our mind; promising to focus on them later, when the time is right.
Well, “later” is right now. Go get a pen and a piece of paper, or open a Word doc as you sit reading this at your computer.
Setting goals allows you to determine your own destiny. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you’ll understand exactly what you have to do to get there.
No more wasting time, energy and money on distractions that don’t get you any closer to where you’re trying to go. To draw an analogy, if you wanted to go to the grocery store, would you fill your tank with gas and drive 20 miles in the opposite direction? No. You would drive directly toward the grocery store. Similarly, once you have a clear idea of where you want to go in life, you will naturally steer yourself there as well.
To make your list of goals, follow the following steps:
Step 1: Clear your mind and focus on the accomplishments that you would like to achieve.
Step 2: Outline a plan to achieve these goals. Do you have to go back to school? Switch careers? Whatever it is, write it down.
Step 3: Once you have a plan established, set milestone goals to help you execute your plan. Each milestone goal should be set so that it is challenging but still possible. For example, if you need to go back to school, find out what you have to do to apply. Break it down into an easy step-by-step process.
By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you’ll be able to measure and take pride in their achievement. You will see forward progress in what might have previously felt like a never ending cycle of stagnation.